CIA/Lockheed A-12 cum USAF/Lockheed SR-71 series of aircraft

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What an amazing series of aircraft these became. Here was an airframe and powerplant combination that simply could not be beat. It's been nearly 48 years since the A-12 first flew, 47 years since the YF-12 took flight, and 46 years for the SR-71. Yet, each type still looks futuristic! Moreover, in my opinion, this combination of aircraft was responsible for killing both the B-70 and the F-108...
 

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Have 1,000,000? Buy SR-71 Vertical Tail Rudderon Ebay!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160627539245
 

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Re: Have 1,000,000? Buy SR-71 Vertical Tail Rudderon Ebay!

ONE MILLION U$ DOLLAR !? :eek:
 

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This year is the 50th anniversary of many things:

The Cuban Missile Crisis

The death of Marilyn Monroe

The Beatles settling on their final personnel line-up and their first hit

The first James Bond film

anything else? ...oh yeah, on April 26th,

The first flight of the Lockheed Blackbird.
 

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Re: Have 1,000,000? Buy SR-71 Vertical Tail Rudderon Ebay!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SR-71-Blackbird-Original-Vertical-Tail-Rudder-/160627539245

SR-71A #61-7955 is on display at the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB, CA. Construction started on 13 May 1964 and #955 first flew on 17 August 1965 with Weaver and Andre at the controls. Throughout its career, this aircraft served as the Palmdale test aircraft until being replaced by SR-71A #61-7972 in 1985. Last flown on 24 January 1985, #955 accumulated 1993.7 hours of flight time.

http://www.sr-71.org/photogallery/blackbird/17955/
 

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Re: Have 1,000,000? Buy SR-71 Vertical Tail Rudderon Ebay!

He's also currently selling crochet hooks for seven bucks American. Kind of an interesting inventory spread no?
 

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Re: Have 1,000,000? Buy SR-71 Vertical Tail Rudderon Ebay!

However historical and rare, I cannot see what could possibly justify paying a million bucks for this. Plus it doesn't even make for a nice coffee table or tool board... It's annoying enough when big money goes to warfare instead of schooling or medication, it's even worse when it goes to reformed military material! And if I DID have that much money and nothing to do with it, I'd much prefer a complete aircraft! A million bucks can get you some decent warbird to fly at the weekends and at fly-ins. But a rudderon??
 

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Re: Have 1,000,000? Buy SR-71 Vertical Tail Rudderon Ebay!

ahem...
look in our eBay section
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,14516.0.html
 

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A-12 Spy Plane

Published on Sep 29, 2013

Bill Flanagan's presentation on the A-12 Spy Plane and secrecy during the cold war. Includes first flight video of the A-12 and SR-71 Blackbird. Produced by Betty and Jarel Wheaton for Peninsula Seniors http://pvseniors.org/_videos.cfm

https://youtu.be/-zWAxIeeXqs
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psf4Ywz7Aqo
 

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http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/12757/check-out-all-these-blackbird-videos-nasa-just-released
 

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Brian Shul on piloting the SR-71 (not only), worth watching B) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wigZsFypdyI
 

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galgot said:
Brian Shul on piloting the SR-71 (not only), worth watching B) :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wigZsFypdyI
Just watched this- great lecture and inspirational- thanks for posting!
 

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Dear friends,
during a research on the Mach 3 aircraf I came across this picture.
As always, I forgot to write down the source and now I do not know where it came from. I saw it published at least twice and labeled as "the first A-12" or "the first YF-12".
The picture, however, seems a bit suspicious because there is no trace of the chines typical of the whole Blackbird family. Is it an optical effect, is it a fake or did a first Blackbird exist with a tubular fuselage?
Thanks in advance
Nico
 

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Look closely at the fuselage, you will note the triangular pattern near the lower edge. That pattern is the outward manifestation of the chine's internal structure. The chine's lower surface is completely invisible, because of the angle at which the image was taken.
This is an image of an A-12. The YF-12's two-man cockpit sat higher on the fuselage to offer the pilot a view over the YF-12's very prominent radome.
 

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Thank you, I supposed something so
Nico
 

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Arjen said:
Look closely at the fuselage, you will note the triangular pattern near the lower edge. That pattern is the outward manifestation of the chine's internal structure. The chine's lower surface is completely invisible, because of the angle at which the image was taken.
This is an image of an A-12. The YF-12's two-man cockpit sat higher on the fuselage to offer the pilot a view over the YF-12's very prominent radome.
Another clue it's not a YF-12 is the radome on the only flying models did not have chines reaching to the tip of the nose, unlike the other versions of the Blackbird. I believe the production F-12Bs were supposed to get a revised radome that did have chines, but the prototypes did not.
 

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Post here just for the picture , rare to see a good res image (1151x2048) of the top in bare titanium :

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Twin seat A-12 Titanium Goose Displayed at California Museum of Science, Los Angeles, Ca.
 
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